Marr History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The chronicles of the Marr family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts. The ancestors of the Marr family lived in a place called Mar, which was in the county of Aberdeen. It may come from the Old Norse word marr, which was an extremely rare word, that was usually associated with the sea, but sometimes referred to a marsh or a fen. In this sense, Marr would be a habitational name.

Early Origins of the Marr family

The surname Marr was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Marr family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marr research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1296, and 1353 are included under the topic Early Marr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Marr Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Marr has been written Marr, Mar, Marre, Mare and others.

Early Notables of the Marr family (pre 1700)

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United States Marr migration to the United States +

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Marr:

Marr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christopher Marr, who settled in Virginia in 1715
  • Alexander Marr who settled in Maryland in 1747
  • James Marr, who settled in Virginia in 1774
Marr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George, Jacob, John, Peter and Thomas Marr, who arrived in Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1870

Canada Marr migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Marr Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Rose Marr, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Greenock" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [1]

New Zealand Marr migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Marr Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Captain Marr, Australian settler travelling from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia aboard the ship "Bolina" arriving in New Zealand in 1842 [2]
  • Mrs. Marr, Australian settler travelling from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia aboard the ship "Bolina" arriving in New Zealand in 1842 [2]
  • Child Marr, Australian settler travelling from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia aboard the ship "Bolina" arriving in New Zealand in 1842 [2]
  • Miss Marr, Australian servant travelling from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia aboard the ship "Bolina" arriving in New Zealand in 1842 [2]
  • Miss Janet Marr, Scottish servant from Edinburgh travelling from Leith aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January 1858 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Marr (post 1700) +

  • Thomas A. "Tom" Marr (1942-2016), American talk radio host on WCBM (680-AM) in Baltimore, Maryland
  • David Francis Marr Jr. (1933-1997), American professional PGA golfer and sportscaster
  • Barbara La Marr (1896-1926), born Reatha Dale Watson, an American stage and film actress, known as "The Girl Who Is Too Beautiful"
  • Walter Lorenzo Marr (1865-1941), American automaker, founder of the Marr Auto-Car Company in 1903, and later the first Chief Engineer for Buick in 1904
  • G. Margaret Marr (b. 1896), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1944, 1948 [4]
  • Delos D. Marr, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Chesterton, Indiana, 1880-85 [4]
  • Christopher Marr, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 2008 [4]
  • Charles H. Marr (b. 1865), American politician, Mayor of Wyandotte, Michigan, 1911-16 [4]
  • Mrs. Carmel C. Marr, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1972 [4]
  • Betty Marr, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1960 [4]
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Ian C C Marr (b. 1920), Scottish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Morningside, Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]
HMS Prince of Wales


  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 41)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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